Madsen M47 | Truck Gun


Some folks that reside out in rural locations carry rifles in their trucks. A prevalent query that comes up for these people are, what is the ideal sort of rifles to have and its objective. The following is a story by Alex C of Firearm Weblog on his findings.

When I was a boy, each and every truck you saw in Texas (even in urban locations) seemed to have a gun rack in the back window with two or 3 various lengthy guns proudly displayed on it. A rifle or two and a shotgun have been not at all uncommon to see inside automobile windows, but that certainly is now fairly uncommon. Although not illegal, folks are a lot more conscious of concealing their firearms in autos due to theft and urbanization (folks are not as employed to seeing firearms in plain sight these days).

That mentioned, just since you cannot see them does not imply they are not there. Quite a few folks I know have a designated “truck gun” that they do not thoughts getting knocked about or subjected to lots of abuse, but choosing 1 can be a tiny difficult. Quite a few variables come into play when choosing 1:

MadsenM47-ButtstockAre you in a rural or urban location?
If you reside in an urban location, statistically you are not probably to encounter threatening wildlife. Definitely private protection is the name of the game right here, so quite a few folks opt for a pistol alternatively of a lengthy gun. Concealed carry pistols are frequently tiny, but in your car’s glove box you can retain a duty pistol if you select to.

MadsenM47-SightsDefense or pest handle possibility?
As pointed out above, if you reside in a rural location then you could require some thing to nail a coyote anxious to snatch a chicken from a coop or grab a lamb. I have a relative who just final year lost a chicken each and every handful of days till he was coming household late 1 evening and was capable to take care of a suspicious coyote poking about the coop with his trusty Browning BLR.

Uncover a gun that is probably to meet your requirements that is priced appropriate. Try to remember that a gun banging about in your automobile is going to get scuffed up.

Likelihood of getting stolen?
Safe/hide your firearm to the greatest extent probable. Phil White when told me that practically all the high-quality guns recovered from criminals are stolen. I also know various folks who have had their autos burglarized and their firearms taken.

What are you familiar with?
If you have an 870 you use for shooting sports and hunting, it could be a excellent notion to appear for a low-cost base model to use as a truck gun. Likewise, if you hunt with a bolt action rifle and are concerned with seeing a 350 pound hog on your land, retain that in thoughts (and the prospect of bacon).

So with all these factored in, what do I retain in my automobile?
Prior to I get to that let me say that I am a lot more concerned with seeing a bobcat or coyote on my land searching for to startle 1 of the calves (fairly really hard for a coyote to get a calf, but a desperate hungry coyote could attempt) than I am civil unrest or “SHTF”. Due to the fact of this I tote about a lengthy gun rather than a pistol. Variables I looked for:

  • Handiness
  • Weight
  • Sights
  • Durability
  • Price
  • Widespread ammo

Soon after all of this I discovered a fairly exceptional, dependable gun to use: A Madsen M47. Ok, I know quite a few contemplate this rifle to be behind the instances when it came out. A matter of reality an immediate “obsolete”.


The Madsen M47 was the final bolt action made with common problem military service in thoughts and was touted as the “lightweight military rifle”. It functions a recoil pad, muzzle brake, and exceptional sights:

It is quick, compact, and fits nicely in most autos (like my jeep or my sedan) and is extremely precise.
It fires typically out there 30-06 and I got it for $500 as nicely, so I the price tag was appropriate as well.

So I was capable to locate a good surplus rifle in a wonderful caliber that meets my requirements, but I have believed about having some thing semi-automatic. I could capitulate 1 day, but till then I have a gun that meets my requirements adequately that I do not be concerned as well substantially about. So inform us about your truck gun, what do you carry?

Story by Alex C

Here’s TFB taking the Madsen M47 on a run and gun course.


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